Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Graduate Certificate in Communication (Local Government)
Qualification Type Graduate Certificate
Level 7
Credits 60
Subject Area
  • Creative Arts » Communication and Media Studies » Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Graduate Certificate in Communication (Local Government) aims to provide those people working in middle management at territorial authorities the opportunity to formalise their practical communications skills into a qualification and to gain a sound theoretical base on which to structure regular tasks. They may already be working in the communications field or another area within the council (supported by an undergraduate degree) which requires recognition of higher level communication knowledge.
Graduate profile
Graduates will be able to guide local authorities through the key areas relating to change and crises, both internally and externally. Current and future reliance on the Internet is recognised with graduates able to meet the three-year local government cycle, or a natural disaster/emergency with skills to plan for, manage and disseminate information using a variety of methods.

Graduates will be able to:
Understand the political environment they work in
Understand the dynamics of the organisation they are working for
Plan for change, crises or community concern
Utilise a variety of communication methods including the Internet and social media
Understand the need for good forward planning
Education pathways
Graduates will be prepared to undertake further postgraduate study in professional communication.
Employment pathways
The qualification prepares graduates for employment or employment advancement in communications roles in the public or private sectors.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Have a minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of:
14 credits at level 3 or higher in three subjects selected from no more than two additional subjects on the National Qualifications Framework. The schedule may be found on the NZQA website at: here
A minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in mathematics or pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework; and
A minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori, of which a minimum of 4 credits must be in reading and 4 in writing, or equivalent; or
Completion of an external or overseas qualification, which is considered to be the equivalent of any of the above qualifications, as approved by the Head of Faculty; or
Be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience

International students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5 or TOEFL score of 550.

Selection Criteria
Right of entry into programmes of study is restricted by SIT and apparent eligibility may not lead to automatic acceptance. Applicants must demonstrate attributes which in the assessment of SIT should lead to success.

Where SIT is satisfied that it is necessary to do so because of insufficiency of staff, accommodation, or equipment it may determine the maximum number of students who may be enrolled in a particular course of study. Where the number of applicants for enrolment exceeds the number of places in any case where such a limitation applies, the criteria for selection shall be academic merit and suitability for admission to that course of study. Eligible students not admitted to their chosen course of study will be placed in a waiting list and/or may be referred to another programme. Applications should be received by SIT no later than the applications due date. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability of places.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview (must produce copies of applicable certificates/evidence of prior achievements before interviews).
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2300
Status Current
Created December 2013
Next Review December 2017
Content
Working in a Political Environment
Change Communication
Crisis and Emergency Communication
Relationships, Influence and Leadership
e-Government

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